Short Decisive Wars & Human Illusions…

“The belief in the possibility of a short decisive war appear to be one of the most ancient and dangerous of human illusions.” Robert Lynd (1892 to 1970) Robert Staughton Lynd, and Helen Lynd, were a husband-and-wife team of American sociologists who collaborated on the Middletown books, which became classics of sociological literature as well… Read More

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What is the Concept of Identification in Threat Assessment?

Research Paper Title The Concept of Identification in Threat Assessment. Abstract Identification is one of eight warning behaviours – superordinate patterns of accelerating risk – that are theorised to correlate with targeted violence, and have some empirical validation. It is characterised by one or more of five characteristics: Pseudo-commando behaviour; Evidence of a warrior mentality;… Read More

Chronicling Philip Harker Newman (1911-1994): Dunkirk Hero, War Psychologist & Orthopaedic Surgeon to Sir Winston Churchill

Research Paper Title Philip Harker Newman (1911-1994): Dunkirk hero, war psychologist and orthopaedic surgeon to Sir Winston Churchill. Abstract Philip Harker Newman an orthopaedic surgeon and a major in the Royal Army Medical Corps was left behind to man a casualty clearing station during the evacuation of Dunkrik in 1940. Newman was made a Prisoner… Read More

Can Your Eyes Give Away Your Personality?

Besides allowing us to perceive our surroundings, eye movements are also a window into our mind and a rich source of information on who we are, how we feel, and what we do. Psychologists have suspected that personality influences how we visually take in the world. Curious people tend to look around more and open-minded people… Read More

A Study Designed to Advance the Delivery of Care for Combat-related PTSD

Research Paper Title Intensive prolonged exposure therapy for combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder: Design and methodology of a randomized clinical trial. Abstract Combat-related posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is the most common psychological health condition in military service members and veterans who have deployed to the combat theater since September 11, 2001. One of the highest research… Read More

A Unique Case? Group Behaviour in the Military

Research Paper Title Group behavior in the military may provide a unique case. Abstract The optimal functioning of male coalitionary behaviour in a military context may run contrary to some of the arguments about the importance of individual differentiation in Baumeister et al. Incentives become institutionally inverted within military contexts. Because the history of combat… Read More

The Psychophysiological Responses of Novice & Experienced Paratroopers

Research Paper Title Psychophysiological response in parachute jumps, the effect of experience and type of jump. Background The researchers aimed to analyse the effect of experience and type of parachute jump on the psychophysiological responses of jumpers. Methods They analysed blood oxygen saturation, heart rate, blood glucose, lactate and creatinkinase, leg strength, isometric hand strength,… Read More